Rising Stars: Quel Hynson


Quel Hynson is a multidisciplinary artist from Houston, Texas. Having grown up with heavy emphasis on music and food in multicultural environments her appreciation for community and nature grew immensely. Throughout her life, Hynson has always been intrigued by the intersectionality of culture and tradition, naturally drawn to art. Her work explores the malleability of boundaries as a means to disrupt traditional concepts. Her current work has been an exploration of how multiple mediums of art intersect by bleeding realism with abstract shapes and forms – utilizing both to tell stories of humor and healing.

Quel Hynson photographed by Rebekah Hedges


My exploration into art began around age seven. I learned to play violin, upright bass, and doodled on anything I could find, the latter of which segued into street art. I’ve always been drawn to textures, color placement, and unorthodox ideas. Many artists have influenced me, namely, Lisa Lopes, Frank Morrison, Wangechi Mutu, Tschabalasa Self, and many more, still to this day. I draw, I paint, I design, I create, all for the love and curiosity of nature and connection. As an adult, I now actively look for ways to blend multiple art forms together in projects.

STAINED: H.E.R., 2018
Scratchboard, 24″ x 36″/unframed 

Women endure much oppression, scrutiny, and strife at the hands of things far outside of her control.

Still, she radiates divine, illuminating the rooms where those oppressors may be.

No need to be politically correct when what it is is understood. There is beauty in the thing that just is.

Fxk Lables, 2018
Mixed Media on Paper, 18″ x 24″/framed

Commando Unrest, 2018
Scratchboard, 24″ x 36″/unframed

The pain that takes our sight is also what makes us divine. Keep going, keep healing.

There is no monolith of a woman.

She is masculine, feminine, divine, and more than capable of doing all the things traditionally tied to a male.

SHe’s Him Too, 2019
Mixed Media on Paper, 18″ x 24″/framed

The Mind of a Woman, 2020
Charcoal & Watercolor on Paper, 18″ x 24″/ framed

A brief snapshot of the mind of a woman.

For more information about the artist, please visit:

Instagram: @thequelhynson

All photographs courtesy of Quel Hynson
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